Among the many comebacks so far this year, the one I was most excited for was BIGBANG leader G-Dragon with his second studio album Coup D’etat. Yes, it was released nearly a month ago but time has only confirmed how much I love this album.
G-Dragon is truly a global icon and it shows in the personnel behind this release – Diplo (DJ/Producer – one of my DJ heroes), Baauer (DJ/Producer- the guy behind ‘The Harlem Shake’), Boys Noize (DJ/Producer – another one of my DJ heroes) & Hip-Hop icon Missy Elliott. It’s not all about international collaborations though, as he brings it back home with songs featuring Korean-American YouTube star/songwriter Lydia Paek, Korean singer Zion. T & well known YG trainee Jennie Kim (who also features in GD’s ‘That XX’ music video).
There is never a dull moment and the album has a great flow. Among all the great tracks, the standout for me has to be the song, Black. It’s a more chilled-out tune and the style reminds me of contemporary RnB artists like Drake and Frank Ocean.
While the album is very diverse (styles including Hip-Hop, dance, trap, pop & rock), GD never seems out of his depth. As a gifted performer, his charisma comes through on every track. GD is never short of confidence but is vulnerable just enough to tell a darn good story from the heart.
I think I’ll be playing this album in my car for many more weeks to come.
(Still bummed that I missed out on the limited edition, 8,888 of a kind vinyl LP)
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